Senior Product Designer at Duolingo (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Our mission at Duolingo is to develop the best education in the world and make it universally available. But we’ve got more left to do — and that's where you come in!

Duolingo is the most popular language-learning application in the world, with over 500 million users and over half a billion exercises completed daily. Beyond our core learning product, we have also entered into literacy with Duolingo ABC and English proficiency testing with the Duolingo English Test.

We are passionate about educating our users, making fact-based decisions, and finding innovative solutions to complex problems. We offer meaningful work, limitless learning opportunities, and collaboration with world-class minds. Come brighten your life and over half a billion more!

This role reports to a Product Design Manager as a member of the Design team, the instrumental creative partner in most projects at Duolingo—from our mobile apps and website to the brand voice and email newsletters, and even community events. At Duolingo, we take pride in and agonize over crafting a user-friendly (and fun) experience for everyone.

Will you join us on our mission?

You will...

  • Work on the user experience across multiple Duolingo products, on mobile and web
  • Work collaboratively with other designers to develop and expand product design patterns
  • Help engineers and product managers define both the long-term strategy and the short-term tactics for our products
  • Sometimes work on very broadly defined, loose concepts, and sometimes on narrowly defined, tactical features
  • Work in a highly energetic fashion with the design and product teams
  • Consider all parts when crafting the experience—from copy to animation to business impact

You have...

  • An online portfolio with mobile app or web design samples
  • Design experience in a consumer application, product, or software role
  • A desire to strive for excellence in your work until all details are attended to
  • The ability to explain your work, process, and decisions and seek feedback to help you produce your best work
  • Ability to relocate to Pittsburgh, PA

Outstanding candidates will have...

  • Proven experience working at a high-paced tech start-up
  • Experience with illustration or animation (or both)
  • Experience participating in or leading user research sessions

We will do everything we can within reason to make sure that your interview takes place in an environment that fairly and accurately assesses your skills. If you need assistance or accommodation, please contact your recruiter.

Because Duolingo requires all employees to return to work from an office, all employees will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to remain employed unless they have an exemption to vaccination pursuant to a required reasonable accommodation. This is so that our employees feel safe in the office.

Take a peek at how we care for our employees' holistic well-being with our benefits here.

Duolingo is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
  • People Operations
    • CSSLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
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    • KotlinLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SassLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
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    • PandasLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
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    • DockerFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • JupyterFrameworks
    • TerraformFrameworks
    • BigQueryDatabases
    • DynamoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Services
    • GitHubServices
    • FigmaDesign
    • AirtableManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • Google DriveManagement
    • Google DocsManagement
    • Google SlidesManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • ShopifyCommerce
    • DocuSignCRM
    • Sprout SocialCRM
    • AsanaCRM
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    • ZoomCollaboration
    • ConfluenceCollaboration
    • DocusignCollaboration
    • WorkdayProject Management
    • GreenhouseProject Management
    • PreludeProject Management
    • GemProject Management
    • SeekoutProject Management
    • LinkedInProject Management
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An Insider's view of Duolingo

What are some social events your company does?

I've really appreciated the high-touch, fun social activities that we've gotten to take part in – especially events like a virtual cooking class. I was so pleasantly surprised to get a personalized apron in the mail with my name on it, and learn how to make tacos from Duolingo's in-house chef!

Charlotte

Product Design

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We are part of a business unit (The Duolingo English Test) that was recently spun off into its own product. This means we have some technical debt we need to pay off because we had a lot of rapid growth. Our team also tackles ambiguous problems requiring research and development. We brainstorm and try various ideas until we have a working solution.

Basim

Engineering

How does the company support your career growth?

When I first joined, I had no prior experience with iOS development. But I was eager to learn, and Duolingo was willing to invest in me. Duolingo provided me with the mentorship and resources to not only learn iOS, but become proficient enough to now build a new app from the ground up.

Sammi

Engineering

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Duolingo feels like a family. “Duos,” as we call ourselves, are these great people who strongly believe in our mission of creating free and accessible education. They are fun-loving people, and it’s the kind of company where you feel comfortable enough to hang out with people after hours to play games or just joke around.

André

Engineering

What are Duolingo Perks + Benefits

Duolingo Benefits Overview

Duolingo ensures that all employees are taken care of and have the best experience possible while working here.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
We even have organizations like club yoga and club rock climbing!
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Fully paid parental and adoption leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Almost all corporate events are family-friendly!
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
We also have an additional two-week winter break for all employees. Duolingo also has an annual international retreat for all full-time employees.
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Come as you are!
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Breakfast and Lunch are provided every day, cooked by our in-house chef!
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Yearly stipend for professional development
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

You also get to work with Duo!

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